Renowned musician Dan Nichols to Rock Federation Campaign Kickoff, Sept. 18th
BY ERIN COHEN
Jewish Federation of Jacksonville
Last year, at the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Campaign Kickoff, guests were entertained by the mind-bending powers of mentalist, Sidney Friedman. This year, as we launch the 2017 Annual Campaign, everyone is invited to come together to sing, dance and have yet another extraordinary experience with the Jewish community as Dan Nichols will perform a concert with his band, Eighteen, on Sunday, Sept. 18th.
Congregation Ahavath Chesed will host the concert which will start promptly at 12:30 p.m., following religious school. Those with children in religious school at any of our synagogues are encouraged to either pack a lunch to eat at Temple, or purchase a pizza lunch from JAFTY, The Temple’s youth group. The Federation invites community members of all ages to hear the powerful and influential music of Dan and Eighteen, while also learning about the exceptional and life-changing work that Federation is funding, with your help, locally as well as overseas. In lieu of charging a fee to attend the concert, the Federation requests that guests make a gift to the 2017 annual campaign prior to attending the event.
Dan Nichols is a singular talent in the world of Jewish music, as he is one of the most dynamic, influential and beloved Jewish musicians in North America. His melodies have become an integral part of the spiritual and liturgical experience of countless individuals and Jewish communities. Nichols is a product of the Jewish camping movement, as he spent 10 summers at the Goldman Union Camp in Zionsville, Ind. before receiving his degree in vocal performance at the University of North Carolina. In 1995, realizing the potential of music to make a meaningful connection with Jewish youth, he established the Jewish rock band Eighteen. Since that time, Nichols and his band have released eight full-length studio albums. Each one has received critical acclaim and has been celebrated by Jewish adults and youth alike.
Nichols' anthology includes a wide range of sounds and styles, from energetic Jewish rock anthems to moving interpretations of traditional Jewish liturgy. Jewish youth and adults from around the world draw inspiration from his music and its positive message of Jewish values, identity and pride.
His bands' live performances are legendary for their unrestrained energy and infectious spirit. Nichols himself spends more than 180 days each year on the road, where he often serves as artist-in-residence for congregations and camp communities. He has performed live in Israel at the historic fortress of Masada and in the studio for the groundbreaking XM Radio presentation of Radio Hanukkah.
The acclaimed musician created the Road to Eden Deep South Sukkot Tour to bring the music and message of Sukkot to numerous communities in the southern United States, where he and his band played 11 shows in 10 days. Their experiences are captured in the film, Road to Eden. In addition to these highlights, he has been featured at conferences and conventions of nearly every major Jewish movement, including the URJ Biennial, NFTY Convention, BBYO International, and Limmud. In addition to his remarkable musical talents, Nichols is a gifted teacher, having served on the faculty of Hava Nashira since 2000. In 2009 he co-founded Shulhouse Rock, a songleading workshop for Jewish high-school students. Nichols calls Raleigh, N.C. home where he lives with his wife Elysha and daughter Ava.
“I am delighted to be joining you for a weekend of prayer, study, singing, and celebration this September 16th – 18th," Nichols said. "This will be my first visit to Jacksonville and I’m looking forward to seeing your fair city firsthand, but more importantly, I’m interested in meeting you and experiencing how you create a holy community that sustains vibrant Jewish life," he added.
This event is chaired by Ken and Allison Jacobs, who are the Federation campaign chair and women’s division campaign chair respectively. “Dan Nichols has realized the potential of music to make powerful connections with Judaism, and many of his songs have become Jewish anthems throughout North America," Ken Jacobs said. "We are extremely excited to bring the community together to experience and enjoy this renowned talent.”
" I sincerely hope you can make special plans to join us as we gather to celebrate a year of giving and growing," Nichols said. "We’ve got special plans to make the afternoon a holy celebration and I am honored to join you as we declare and recommit ourselves to Jacksonville as a vital location for Jewish living.”
To make your campaign gift and RSVP for the concert, go to jewishjacksonville.org/2017fedkickoff or call 904-448-5000. For more information about the Federation Annual Campaign Kickoff celebration, please contact Erin Cohen at 904-448-5000, ext. 205 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.